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Our Genealogical Helper for Stephens ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Stephens (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us insight while doing our genealogical research.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Stephens. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Newspapers Published in the area of Stephens ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 41 newspapers that have been published in the area around Stephens.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Stephens. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Stephens and those printed in the larger area surrounding Stephens.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> of Stephens.

Cemeteries Near Stephens ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Stephens.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a new browser window will open with a Google map showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery and some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Stephens covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  W Gatlin Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  W Miner Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Tate Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Haltom Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Watkins Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Whitefield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Round Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Tick Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Jameson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Good Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Smeed Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Christopher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Zion Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW St. Matthews Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Free Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Bethel / St. John Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Holly Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Watts Cemetery   [Map]     


Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<3>

While we didn't find Stephens in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Stephens.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Stephens, with the one closest to Stephens listed first.

Milner - Historic   [Map]
 - While Milner was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Stephens
 - Milner had a post office and railroad service
Troy   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Stephens
 - Troy had a post office and no railroad service
Laughlin   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Stephens
 - Laughlin had a post office and no railroad service
Woodlawn - Historic   [Map]
 - While Woodlawn was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Stephens
 - Woodlawn had a post office and no railroad service
Buena Vista   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Stephens
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Buena Vista had a post office and no railroad service
College Hill   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Stephens
 - 1895 population of 75 people
 - College Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Lufra - Historic   [Map]
 - While Lufra was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Stephens
 - Lufra had a post office and no railroad service
Glenville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Stephens
 - Glenville had a post office and no railroad service
McNeil   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Stephens
 - 1895 population of 294 people (with 479 people in 2017)
 - McNeil had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Stephens. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Stephens in the 1890's.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Stephens is located in Ouachita County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Ouachita County: Calhoun, Clark, Columbia, Dallas, Nevada & Union.

Below are the counties that are near Stephens. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Stephens:

Ouachita     (The home county for Stephens)
      Pace City   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Louann   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cullendale   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Camden   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bragg City   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Chidester   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Reader - Historic   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      East Camden   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Joyce City   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bearden   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Shumaker   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hampton   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Harrell   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Whelen Springs   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Beirne   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gurdon   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Curtis   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      College Hill   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      McNeil   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Philadelphia   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Emerson   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Taylor   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sparkman   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Patmos   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Perrytown   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hope   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oakhaven   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Buckner   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Stamps   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      McKamie   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lewisville   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kress City   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Garland   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Willisville   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Rosston   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cale   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bluff City   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bodcaw   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Laneburg   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Emmet   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Prescott   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mount Holly   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Lisbon   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Smackover   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sandy Land   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dumas City   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Norphlet   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      El Dorado   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Calion   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Scotland   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Crain City   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Perdue City   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Junction City   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Holly Springs   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Claiborne (LA)
      Haynesville (LA)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Junction City (LA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dykesville (LA)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Summerfield (LA)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Webster (LA)
      Shongaloo (LA)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Springhill (LA)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cullen (LA)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Stephens, see our County-by-County Page for Stephens.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Stephens:

These websites are specific to Arkansas:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the Arkansas History Commission

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Arkansas to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Ouachita County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clark County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Columbia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hempstead County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lafayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Miller County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nevada County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Union County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
White County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Claiborne Parish (LA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster Parish (LA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Arkansas:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Arkansas,     of Ouachita County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Arkansas     Cemetery Wiki for Arkansas
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Arkansas,     of Ouachita County

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Disaster Stories from Arkansas
Also see Diaster Stories for ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Arkansas

About Ouachita County

About Arkansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Stephens. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Arkansas:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that begins in Stephens. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Stephens) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Stephens. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Stephens

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Stephens. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4220, Longitude: -93.0670     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Stephens have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<3>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Stephens, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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